Outreach at Ravenswood Middle School

Blog, Information Theory (Winter 2020)

Over the course of the quarter students in EE276 have prepared for an outreach event at Ravenswood Middle School. The class is teaching about a wide range of topics related to information theory. Some teams are talking about mapping political landscapes while others delve into the theory of code breaking. There are groups demonstrating applications to the military when flying jets and others showing information theory through Fortnite.

Given the unfortunate COVID-19 circumstance, the class have undertaken a virtual outreach activity this year. Each group records an interesting short video, and teaches information-related topics in a fun and interactive way! The full list of the videos can be watched through the following Youtube playlist.

The EE276 students also contribute a series of amazing projects in information theory. The full list of projects can be found here.

The EE276 students also contribute a series of amazing projects in information theory. The full list of projects can be found here with individual links below:

  • Introduction to Ravenswood Outreach (Ryan C Stocking): video
  • An Order-Optimal Edit-Correcting Code (Daniel Tan): blog
  • Audio Lossy Compression Game (Timothy Chong): video
  • Bioinformatics (Christian A Choe and Raphael R Eguchi): video
  • Brain Computer Interfaces (Iliana Bray and Persiana S Saffari): video
  • Career Day (Liz Leckie, Jonathan J Mak, and Kevin H Tang): video, blog
  • Compressed Sensing and Quantum Tomography (Beicheng Lou and Evan Laksono): video, blog
  • Compression (Wei H Chao): video
  • Compression of Quantum Information (Tim Chen): video, blog
  • Combinatorial Problems via Information Theory (David Lin): blog
  • Controlling Video Games with Thoughts BMI (Pumiao Yan): video
  • Elections (Sandy Handan Nader): video, blog
  • Entropy of quantum circuits: What makes a quantum algorithm difficult to simulate (Grace Johnson): blog
  • Error Correcting Codes (Alexandre M Bucquet, Colleen Dai, Diwakar Ganesan, and Madison N Hurr): video, blog
  • Federated Learning (Saelig A Khattar, Andrew Wang): video
  • Forecasting as a Tool to Effectively Communicate Pressing Information: A Look Into Meat Consumption, Climate Change, and Alternative Food Networks (Rakan Albarghouty and Kyle Walker): blog
  • How the brain can help us understand information theory (Praveen N Pallegar and Maxim Serebriakov): video
  • Huffman Encoding (Katherine Kowalski, Calvin Lin, and Yasmeen Jassim): video, blog
  • Image To Image Translation (Yue Li, Yawen Sun, Yahan Yang): video
  • Information Manipulation (John Asigbekye and Meghaha V Rao): video, blog
  • Information of Popular Communication Methods (Alissa S Ling and Arun Seetharaman): video, blog
  • Information Theoretic Motivation For GANs (Andrew A Miller Smith): video, blog
  • Information theory and alphabet (Trisha Jani): video
  • Information Theory In Music (Paavani Dua and Jonas Messner): video
  • Informational entropy of standardized testing (Ellie R Bowen, Nathan A Fotedar): video
  • Learned Image Compression (Helena Huang, Boxiao Pan, and Yanpei Tian): video, blog
  • LED Displays (Natalie K Gable and Sarah R Woodard): video, blog
  • Lossless and lossy compression of material decomposition images from dual energy CT (Yirong Yang): video, blog
  • Machine learning (Adeline E Wong): video
  • Message in a Message: Deep Steganography for Natural Human Language (Josh Payne): blog
  • Mind Body Problems (Viraga Perera): video
  • Model Of Brain Lesions (Aaron R Altman and Arjun K Dhawan): video
  • Molecular Evolution and Entropy (Bennett J Kapili): video, blog
  • Pictograms (Elizabeth Chen, Jingxiao Liu, and Kailas Vodrahalli): video, blog
  • Quantum Information Channels and Distributed Quantum Computing (Matthew Radzihovsky, Mason Swofford, and Alex Fuster): blog
  • Secret Codes (Stephen Badger and Ryan C Stocking): video, blog
  • Simple Communication (Xin Ma): video
  • Social Bots (Fiona Hall Zazueta): video
  • The Evolution Of Music Storage (Casey P Butcher, Tania Dhaliwal, and Michelle V Ly): video, blog

Thanks to all the hardworking students from EE 276 (especially Ryan Stocking for the huge effort in organization), their hardworking project mentors (members of the Weissman group at Stanford), the Ravenswood Middle School with the patient and enthusiastic students for making all of this possible.

We hope everyone is getting excited for a great afternoon!

Information Theory (EE276 Winter 2020): All Projects

Information Theory (Winter 2020)

Instructions on Writing Blogs

Information Theory (Winter 2020)

For those who enroll in the course EE276, you will deliver your final project in the blog format here. Your blog should be a self-contained report summarizing your project, including motivation, introduction, main results/outcomes, and proper details & references. Your blog may be organized in any way – but make sure that your classmates (who may have little background on your specific topic of the blog) can understand your blog and clearly see what you did! 

A few remarks are in order:

  1. Authors: Please indicate in your blog all your group members as the authors;
  2. Category: In the “Settings” icon, please check the boxes of both “Blog” and “EE276 (Winter 2020)” as the category of your blog;
  3. Attachment: For files and images, you are encouraged to upload your source files to your blog. If you’d like to share a link, please make sure that this is a permanent link so that it can still be visited years later (e.g., your Stanford spaces may expire after you graduate). For video attachment, please upload it to Youtube (or any other platforms) first and share the link here. For projects involving computer programming, you do not need to upload your source codes, although feel free to share a link to your GitHub repo.
  4. Math formulae: If you would like to use latex for math formulae in the blog, you may type [DUCK] your latex formula [/DUCK] for inline expressions, and [DUCK display = “true”] your latex formula [/DUCK] for a separate display mode. (When in use, please replace “DUCK” by “latex”.) 
  5. Final report: It is not mandatory to formally write a final report; a blog here is enough. However, if you would like to write a report, you may attach the pdf file here and briefly summarize its contents in your blog.
  6. Outreach event (optional): If you would like to add additional information about your outreach event besides your submitted video, you have the option to include it in your blog. 
  7. Publish: Please publish your blog before the project deadline (midnight on March 22, 2020). Also remember to publish publicly so that other groups may see and comment on your blog.

Online Lecture: Information-theoretic Lower Bounds

Blog, Online Lectures

Journal for High Schoolers in 2019

Journal for High Schoolers

In 2019, from June to August, 40 high school students attended the STEM to SHTEM (Science, Humanities, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) summer program hosted by Prof. Tsachy Weissman and the Stanford Compression Forum. During this summer program, the high schoolers pursued fun research projects in various domains under the supervision of 18 mentors, where the entire collection of the high schoolers’ reports can be found below.